CHICAGO — Dubuque Fighting Saints goaltender Jaxon Castor was named the CCM/USHL Goaltender of the Week for his exploits over the weekend in Youngstown. His strong play led to a shutout of the Phantoms on Friday night, 3-0, and he followed up the effort with an efficient 22-save effort in a 4-1 win on Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.
In total, he denied 40 of 41 opportunities that headed his way.
“This is part of what you play for,” said Castor, upon learning of the award. “I’m honored to have been recognized, and I’m going to keep playing good hockey the rest of the way.”
Castor, an Arizona State University commit, reversed his personal fortunes after losing four consecutive decisions by winning these last two at Youngstown in decisive fashion. His goals-against average dropped to 2.13, and his save percentage rose a full 20 percentage points to .912 after his award-winning weekend. Over his last three starts, he has stopped 63 of the last 66 shots fired his way (.954 save percentage), going 2-1-0 in that span.
Only four other goaltenders in the USHL have played as many, or more, games than Castor has started (8). Of those qualified, he has the second-lowest goals-against average, and the third-highest save percentage.
Catch Castor and the Fighting Saints this weekend in a back-to-back with the Waterloo Black Hawks starting on Friday, October 28 at Young Arena, and then at Our House on Saturday, October 29 for our Pet Supply Drive, sponsored by That’s My Dog! Bring pet supplies and other practical cleaning supplies to the door to benefit the Dubuque and Jackson County Humane Societies. For tickets, go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.